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News Story
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The APPS Act would require app developers to obtain consent before collecting personal data New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect. The Application Privacy, Protection and Security...
News Story
4/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The social network increased its lobbying budget to $2.45 million in the first quarter. Facebook is spending fast and furious to advance a social-network-friendly agenda with U.S. lawmakers. In its first quarter of this year, Facebook, according to its lobby disclosure form, shelled out $2.45 million on lobbying costs. The figure amounts to a 75...
News Release
4/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Facebook continued its major effort to win friends in Washington, spending $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter, a 277 percent increase from $650,000 a year earlier just filed disclosures show.   For all of 2012 Facebook’s spent $3.99 million on lobbying, according to records filed with...
News Release
4/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile...
News Story
4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy Groups Complain Progress Is Too Slow The Do Not Track privacy hearing called by Sen. Jay Rockefeller for Wednesday before the commerce committee is bound to feature some fireworks. That's because Rockefeller has shown himself to be no fan of the advertising industry's self-regulating Ad Choices program, which gives consumers the...
News Story
4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Several consumer privacy groups said Monday that they support a bill from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would require the Federal Trade Commission to set standards for companies to ensure they will offer consumers the ability to opt-out of online tracking. The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action,...
News Release
3/7/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA – Blue Shield of California will impose an unreasonable rate hike as high as 19.9% on 268,000 Californians because the state’s insurance commissioner does not have the power to reject unjustified health insurance premiums. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced...
News Story
3/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
After all of the trouble Google has encountered in its attempts to monetize its users’ information, you would think the company had learned its lesson. Think again – consumer groups are angry that Google has reportedly been improperly sharing app purchasers’ info with third-party developers.   ‘Play’ For Keeps...
News Story
3/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Feb. 28 reintroduced a do-not-track bill (S. 418) aimed at allowing consumers to opt out of having their activities followed by online services and mobile application providers.   The measure, dubbed the Do-Not-Track Online Act of...
News Release
1/30/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...